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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1997 Aug;78(8):828-34.

Validity of the functional independence measure for persons with traumatic brain injury.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Replicate and extend studies of the construct validity of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

DESIGN:

A cross-sectional study of admissions to acute rehabilitation evaluated 6 months to 5 years after discharge.

SETTING:

An inpatient brain injury rehabilitation unit in a large, academic medical center.

SUBJECTS:

Ninety-five patients with primary diagnosis of TBI stratified by time postdischarge.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Prediction of (1) average daily minutes of assistance and (2) supervision required in comparison to the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP) and SF-36.

RESULTS:

The FIM was highly predictive of minutes of assistance (83% accuracy), supervision (82% accuracy), and the need for either type of assistance (78% accuracy). Prediction was only minimally improved by measures of neurobehavioral impairment. The accuracy of the FIM was superior to the SIP and SF-36.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results provided substantial support for the validity of the FIM as a measure of functional independence for persons with TBI. The importance of supervision as a type of assistance required after TBI was evident, with the FIM highly predictive of this need, as well.

PMID:
9344301
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